I'm a fan, and even I mi s . Rodgers has broken my heart more times than a girl ever could, and I still mi s watching him shred defenses with mind-bending throws on a weekly basis. He's the league's most talented quarterback, and the is worse without him. In a season featuring not enough good teams and too many injuries, Rodgers' absence hurts even more.The Christian Wood Jersey NFL's Rodgers-le s problem is going to be exacerbated on Monday night when the (4-3) host the (3-4) on Week 9's edition of "Monday Night Football." Instead of getting a matchup between the league's most-talented quarterback in Rodgers and a top-tier-ish quarterback in , we'll be forced to watch and what will probably be a run-focused offense take on the slumping Lions, who've lost three straight.Of course, Rodgers' absence is a bigger problem for the Packers than it is for the league. Without their quarterback, the Packers are no longer a contender, but instead a floundering fish on the sand waiting for the tide to return and save them. By the time Rodgers is able to play again -- the Packers are -- the Packers' playoff hopes might be dead already. They're 4-3 and still have at least six more games without Rodgers. Their run with Hundley continues on Monday night, and I don't see it going well.I'm taking the Lions in this game primarily because of Rodgers' absence. Rodgers covers up so many of the Packers' warts. He can't do that on the sideline. Not only do the Lions boast the better quarterback in this matchup, they also own the better defense and special teams. That's why I'm picking the Lions. The prediction: Lions 24, Packers 17My "MNF" prediction record: 6-2How to watch, streamWhen: Monday at 8:30 p.m. ETWhere: Lambeau Field, Green BayTV: ESPNStreaming: Lions hold the QB advantage The Lions have the better quarterback with Rodgers injured. So far this season -- -- Stafford's numbers have been right around what we've come to expect out of him. He's completed 60.4 percent of his pa ses, averaged 6.9 yards per attempt, thrown 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, and posted an 89.6 pa ser rating. He continues to be a solid, but not great quarterback. And that's better than what we can say about Hundley, who was thrust into the starting role when Rodgers went down. In three games (one start), Hundley -- a once-hyped prospect at Darius Miller Jersey UCLA who's been with the Packers since 2015 -- has completed 52.5 percent of his pa ses, averaged 4.1 yards per pa s, thrown one touchdown and four picks, and posted a 40.5 pa ser rating. It hasn't gone well.He's been bad both under pre sure and not under pre sure, posting a 56.3 pa ser rating under pre sure and a 28.9 pa ser rating without pre sure, according to Pro Football Focus. On pa ses thrown at least 20 yards downfield, he's gone 1 of 7 for 26 yards, a pick, and a 3.0 pa ser rating, according to PFF. Off play-action, he's accumulated the second-worst pa ser rating (33.1). Only -- the ' wide receiver -- has been worse, per PFF. Obviously, we're dealing with small sample sizes. Obviously, Hundley can improve as he acquires more experience in the NFL. Obviously, play-calling and his supporting staff deserve to be blamed along with him. This is not a knock on Hundley, who's never been asked to be a starter before, but the Lions are probably going to win this game because they have a starting-caliber quarterback and the Packers do not. It's really that simple. Plus, Packers tight end Martellus Bennett is doubtful, which means Hundley will likely be Zion Williamson Jersey without his security blanket.It's worth noting that Stafford usually plays well in Green Bay. Stafford has averaged 315 yards per game and totaled 15 pa sing touchdowns and five picks in six games at Lambeau Field. Still, he's gone 1-5 in those games. Rodgers being gone will help him improve that record. needs to carry the Packers To have a chance in this game, the Packers need their rookie running back, Aaron Jones, to carry their offense. Since wrestling the starting job away from in Week 4, Jones has electrified the Packers' running game. In the three games since, he's averaging 6.06 yards per carry and 99 yards per game. He's played in four total games. If he kept up his current pace over a 16-game season, he'd reach 1,384 rushing yards. According to PFF, he's been just about as elusive (in terms of mi sed tackles) as and . Jarrod Uthoff Jersey He needs to have a productive outing for the Packers to have a shot against the Lions. But it won't be easy to get the ground game going against a Lions defense that is flying under the radar.Don't sleep on the Lions' defenseThe Lions' defense is allowing 3.6 yards per carry (the fourth-lowest in football) and 91.6 rushing yards per game (the sixth-lowest in football). By DVOA, So running on them won't be easy.They are, however, more susceptible against the pa s. They allow the seventh-most pa sing yards per game (254.6) and the fourth-most pa sing yards per attempt (7.9). But it's worth noting that the Lions' pa s defense isn't as bad as those rankings suggest. By DVOA, they're ranked eighth against the pa s. Perhaps more importantly, they've snagged 10 interceptions. Only two teams have more to this point. I'm also taking the Lions to win because they boast the better defense. Overall, they're ranked seventh in DVOA and are tied for the second-most takeaways with 16. The Packers' defense, meanwhile, is ranked 19th in DVOA. If Stafford can take care of the ball, the Lions should be fine against a mediocre at best defense.The red zone One area the Lions need to improve in is the red zone. In a 20-15 lo s to the a week ago, Stafford threw for 423 Sindarius Thornwell Jersey yards and the Lions outplayed the Steelers in nearly every aspect of the game. But they lost because they failed to reach the end zone. The Lions went 0 for 5 in the red zone. So far this season, they're 27th in red zone offense by scoring a touchdown on only 45 percent of their red zone trips, The Lions can't keep kicking field goals. If they're forced to settle for three points, they'll let the Packers hang around in a game they shouldn't win. Special teams matterWith that being said, let's give and the rest of the Lions' special teams credit. By DVOA, . Prater is 15 of 17 on field goals and perfect on his extra points. He's 5 of 7 from 50-plus yards. Meanwhile, the Packers' special teams unit is ranked 14th in DVOA. Their kicker, , is 7 of 8 on field goals and 17 of 19 on extra points. He's yet to make a kick from 50-plus yards.If it's a close game, give the edge to the Lions, their stud kicker, and